Thursday Redux #1 An Exclusive Interview with Miss Jane Austen

Thursday Redux is a new feature on my blog where authors share their favorite post, the story behind it, a blurb, and their links.

The story behind my favorite post. I wrote An Exclusive Interview with Miss Jane Austen for a group blog – Southern Sizzle Romance, when a guest blogger backed out a few hours before her post was scheduled to go up. I had recently read a collection of some of Jane Austen’s recently released letters and used excerpts of her letters for the answers to my interview questions. It’s far longer than most of my posts, but remains a favorite. Rita.

Wishing to share one of my favorite blogs for the introduction of my blog’s new feature – Thursday Redux, I determined to invite an incomparable guest to share her thoughts on writing and publishing. I retrieved my well worn Ouija board from the basement where it has resided for decades, dusted it off, and once again invoked the spirit of one whom every writer of romance esteems above all others. Miss Jane Austen, the genetrix of all writers of romance, graciously consented to an interview to be published as the first Thursday Redux blog (minus the references). Allow me to present Jane in her own words.

Miss Austen, could you share your thoughts on writing romance? “I could no more write a Romance than an Epic Poem.–I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my Life, & if it were indispensable for me to keep it up & never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first Chapter.”

But you have had great success with your books. I hesitate to mention gauche matters such as money but I understand that your books are selling rather well. “You will be glad to hear that every Copy of S.&S. is sold & that it has brought me £140–besides the Copyright, if that should ever be of any value.–I have now therefore written myself into £250.–which only makes me long for more.”

In my humble opinion, your literary endeavors merit the highest approbation. What has been your experience of the matter?  ” . . . there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labor of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them.”

I appreciate your support of your fellow authors and admire your insistence on upholding only the highest standards in literary endeavors.  I should not have been surprised, therefore, to discover that you have been very hard on your critique partner, your niece Anna.  Her “Henry Mellish I am afraid will be too much in the common Novel style–a handsome, amiable, unexceptionable Young Man (such as do not much about in real Life) desperately in Love, & all in vain. But I have no business to judge him so early.” And her “Devereux Forester’s being ruined by his Vanity is extremely good; but I wish she would not let him plunge into a ‘vortex of Dissipation’. I do not object to the Thing, but I cannot bear the expression;–it is such thorough novel slang–and so old, that I dare say Adam met with it in the first novel he opened.”

I find your Elizabeth Bennet entrancing. Do you have a personal favorite? “I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, & how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know.”

Have you considered following the emerging trends in the romance market? “No–I must keep to my own style & go on in my own Way; And though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.”

Miss Austen, please accept my sincere appreciation for visiting. I regret that you will be unable to respond to comments and I would never presume to channel you, so return to your blissful sleep content in the knowledge that you are the idol of many and exceeded by none.

Source of Jane Austen’s Quotations: Daily wit and inspiration from Austen, compiled by Lori Smith, author of A Walk with Miss Jane Austen

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Duchess in Waiting is an erotic Regency romance, a Siren Classic which contains voyeurism, light consensual BDSM, and support characters (a dominatrix and her lover employed at the local brothel) who try to steal the story, but settle for educating the Duchess. Check out the cover (by Harris Channing), blurb, and buy info below.

CLICK TO READ EXCERPT/BUYIt’s not nice to keep a lady waiting. Lady Ellen Hammond languished for years at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies while her fiancé and guardian, the Duke of Ralston, enjoyed a rake’s life in London. When she must return to England to escape the violence of the Revolution, she decides that the life of a long-suffering duchess-in-waiting is not for her.

Posing as a valet, Devon Townsley, the Duke of Ralston, accompanies Robert Montclair to Paris to rescue Ellen and her English friends. Unprepared to settle down, he wants to discover if his fiancée will make a suitable duchess. He has his doubts when he must rescue her from captivity in a brothel.

Determined to settle her business in London and travel the world, Ellen finds romance and passion with Rob’s aggravating valet, Tobias Stanford. When sparks ignite between the two and burst into a passionate affair, Devon reconsiders his commitment to living a rake’s life. He discovers, however, that his deceit has a high price.

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